Oneonta pronunciation?

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Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by Arioto » August 18th, 2008, 5:14 pm

Just curious. :?:

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by AlexanderSupertramp » August 18th, 2008, 5:44 pm

"Oh-nee-AHN-tah" or "Ah-nee-AHN-tah". I have usually heard it pronounced as Oh-nee-AHN-tah here in the Northwest.

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by BCJ » August 18th, 2008, 9:58 pm

I've always pronounced it "ah-nee-on-ta".

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by -Q- » August 18th, 2008, 11:52 pm

oh-knee-ON-tah

just like the town in upstate NY

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by Splintercat » August 19th, 2008, 6:31 am

I second that emotion. That's how I've always pronounced it.

BTW, I've noticed a number of people saying "el-OH-wah" instead of "EL-oh-wah" of late... have I been pronouncing this one wrong for all these years..?

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by pyles_94 » August 19th, 2008, 9:09 am

tom, i always called it ee-LOH-wah but i never heard that from someone, i made it up when i saw the name the first time...

i call oneonta oh-nee-on-tah
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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by Sore Feet » August 21st, 2008, 11:15 pm

My observation is that the placenames that are rooted in Chinook or Sahaptin dialects seem to place the emphasis on the first syllable, ergo "EL-oh-wah" and not "el-OH-wah". There are, of course, many that don't follow this rule, but off the top of my head it seems to be more common than not that the first syllable is the stressed syllable.

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by hm11338 » September 1st, 2008, 8:35 pm

FYI,
According to Bert Webbers book Oregon's Names and How to Say them. Elowah is pronounced e-LOW-ah, and Oneonta is oh-nee-ANH-tuh. This is great guide for all those strange names in Oregon. I hope this clears things up.

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by dalylab » February 2nd, 2010, 2:22 pm

The photographer Carleton Emmons Watkins (1829-1916) photographed the falls and named them after his hometown of Oneonta, NY (oh-nee-ON-ta)

A stereoscope photograph of just one of his pictures of the Oneonta Gorge:

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Re: Oneonta pronunciation?

Post by anna in boots » February 2nd, 2010, 3:32 pm

hm11338 wrote:FYI,
According to Bert Webbers book Oregon's Names and How to Say them. Elowah is pronounced e-LOW-ah, and Oneonta is oh-nee-ANH-tuh. This is great guide for all those strange names in Oregon. I hope this clears things up.

Arne
Yay! I'm glad I got it right all these years. Now if I could just get my dad to stop saying Ore-Reh-GONE when he visits....

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